Women at the Well offers courses on Reentry and Restorative Justice

Women at the Well offers courses on Reentry and Restorative Justice

November 11, 2020

The following training courses are prerequisites for practicing ministry with Women at the Well (W@W) as we walk with people and their families through the justice system. More advanced training courses will be offered as our program expands. Classes are offered through donations to W@W. All training will be held through Zoom at this time. Registration information listed after each class description.

Reentry Training

Sunday, November 22, 2020, 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 9, 2021, 1:30-4:00 pm


Are you interested in helping women recently released from prison to begin their new journey with support and confidence?  More reentry teams, made up of men and women of all ages, are needed in areas across the state. Trainees will learn the role of a team, what to do, and what not to do. Stages of the relationship and responsibilities along the journey will be presented; support will be established and shared. Come and join with others who are ready to serve God by encouraging and nurturing women reentering the community. Because of our setting at ICIW, we mostly work with teams for women leaving prison, but we are also equipped to prepare teams to work with men as well. 

If interested or have questions in attending the Reentry Training, contact Pastor Paul Witmer, Minister of Reentry and Congregational Care with Women at the Well: wellreentry@iaumc.org or (515) 240-1653.


Restorative Justice Trainings (prerequisite for ministry trainings)

LaRose Restorative Justice Book Study

Tuesday's beginning January 5, 2021 - February 16, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


We are offering this series of classes on Tuesday evenings through a book study of LaRose a novel by author Louise Erdrich.  She is a Native American author who exemplifies the indigenous beginnings of international Restorative Justice. The Native American characters in this book develop into a circle of stakeholders that go through the process of finding justice that is restorative for all of them. At the end of this class, we will go through a role-play scenario to understand the roles that stakeholders play in finding a way forward for all concerned.

If interested or have questions, contact Rev. Beth Harbaugh, pastor of Women at the Well: womenatthewell@iaumc.org or (319) 540-1644.
 

Howard Zehr Restorative Justice Book Study

Monday's beginning February 8, 2021 - March 22, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


We are offering another series of classes on Monday evenings through this Little Book of Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr who was a founder of the movement. Many states including Iowa have developed programming for some of their justice systems from this model. When both the victim and the offender agree to follow this model, many county attorneys are open to this kind of model as an alternative to normative justice systems. This model of justice puts the focus on the harm that has been caused to the victim rather than what the offender owes to the system in the way of fines or time in jail or prison. The victim’s needs are primary with the needs of the offender and of the community also considered as stakeholders in a circle process. Women at the Well is beginning with these classes to lay the foundation for other trainings focused on walking with people as they try to navigate the Iowa justice system and following in county jails, reentry, and reentry housing.  

If interested or have questions, contact Rev. Beth Harbaugh, pastor of Women at the Well: womenatthewell@iaumc.org or (319) 540-1644